Monthly Archives: April 2019

As the month of April quickly comes to an end, I wanted to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for taking the time to support Queens Chic. It’s come a long way from when I first started back in November of 2018. Each one of you has given me exciting content. Some of you have even shared your incredible musical milestones with me. But the biggest highlight has been the trust you’ve all had in me. I have been able to bring you versatile content on a regular basis, and you have all been extremely open minded. I couldn’t ask for a better support system. (YOU GUYS ROCK!)

Here is my curated list of what’s popping off in Queens this last weekend of April.

April 25th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Safiya Sinclair. Join these two award winning writers for an afternoon of poetry and conversation. This event is free with a valid museum admission. For more information CLICK HERE.

April 25th @ 6:30PM {Queens Central Library}: Lived Experience. The Queens Central Library is hosting an artist reception for their latest exhibition Lived Experience. This “special art exhibition features the work of artists with mental health issues in partnership with the organization Community Access.” The artists work will be exhibited at the Queens Central Library branch in Jamaica until May 5th. The Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd in Jamaica.

April 27th @ 11AM {Lockwood Jackson Heights}: Lockwood third annual kids rule Jackson Heights Party. Lockwood boutique is throwing a party for the kids, but ladies can benefit from the experience too! They are set to have activities for the kids, as well as story time and face painting to name a few. Ladies, you all get 15% off and no items are excluded from this deal. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Mothers day is also right around the corner, so this is actually a great opportunity for my gentlemen as well. Get your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, any special lady in your life something nice to show your appreciation. Lockwood is located at 77-13 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

April 27th @ 12:30PM {Belmont Park Racetrack}: Spring Craft Beer Festival. Sample over 100 beers (and for the very first time a small selection of wines), while watching and betting on the live horse racing. You’ll be able to sample both local and national craft beers. This is a “pay-one-price ticket,” so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with the purchase of just one ticket. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

April 27th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. The second preview day is almost here. The Queens International Night Market was AMAZING this past Saturday. I ate until I literally ripped open my pants (this actually happened). With a wide selection of food vendors and jewelry stands, among other neat finds, you are bound to find an attraction for even the pickiest of critiques. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you miss this preview night. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy.

April 27th @ 7PM {Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park}: Free sneak preview of Netflix’s documentary Knock Down the House. The Museum of Moving Image, in collaboration with Rooftop Films, bring us a sneak preview screening of the Netflix original documentary, Knock Down The House (Click Here for Trailer). The film will be screened, free of charge, at Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park located in Sunnyside. Doors open to the public at 7PM and the movie is set to show at 8:15PM. This is a first-come, first-serve event, so make sure to arrive early for good seating. There is an option to RSVP for this event, although it is not necessary. For more information about the film and for directions to the event, CLICK HERE.

April 28th {Gotham Barbershop}: Grand opening party for Gotham Barbershop. Get ready to stuff your face while getting a touch up, or simply catching up with old friends or new ones. Gotham Barbershop is opening for business and they’re throwing a party to celebrate this incredible accomplishment. This is an open invitation, so come one–come all! For more information, and for pricing CLICK HERE. Gotham Barbershop is located at 171-65 46th Avenue in Flushing.

April 28th @ 6PM {The Knock Down Center}: Closing Reception for A Continuous Stream of Occurrence with Roarke Menzies. If you haven’t paid this exhibit a visit, this will be your last opportunity. A Continuous Stream of Occurrence is coming to an end and artist Roarke Menzies will be engaging Luba Drozd’s installation with his sound intervention. This event is completely free. For more information, check out my personal review of the exhibition by clicking HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {Closing May 5th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

Mrs. Gallery: Caroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti {April 6th to June 1st}

Queens Botanical Garden: Art In The Garden: In Full Bloom{March 29 to August 25}

It is now week three of Spring and that means only one thing: more activities! I’m truly excited to present a few local events that not only am I personally looking forward to, but I’m hoping you all can enjoy these too. Get your pen and paper ready!!

April 12th @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: “Babylon.” The MOMI is bringing this 1980’s Cannes Film Festival hit to the big screen. Babylon was never formally released in the U.S. because of its controversial nature. For more information and for tickets to the film CLICK HERE.

April 13th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: The Cases Behind the Prints with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps. Alec Karakatsanis expands on the cases of the individuals featured in the “Redaction” exhibition prints. If you haven’t visited the latest exhibit at MOMA PS1, this is the perfect opportunity to get an in-depth analysis by an industry professional. CLICK HERE in order to register for this free event.

(UPDATE!!!! This event has moved to BK Bazaar and tickets are being honored). April 13th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Foals Official After Party (DJ SET).

April 14th {Museum of Moving Image}: As part of The Havana Film Festival, MOMI brings us two films. “Inocencia” (a film about Cuban medical students who are wrongfully convicted, and have to prove their innocence) will be showing at 2 P.M., and “Los Silencios“(a film about a mother who finds refuge on a secluded Brazilian island, while running from Colombia’s political conflict) comes on at 4:30 P.M. You won’t want to miss these films as they bring The Havana Film Festival to a close.

April 14th @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Klein. Don’t miss this sound-based performance that ranges from mythology to the sounds of Pavarotti. “Klein uses collagist techniques to assemble recordings of her own vocals and instrumentation.” For tickets to this presentation CLICK HERE.

April 14th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Sunday Service by Ray Ferreira. I have heard amazing things about the KDC’s Sunday Service, and I am so excited to be attending this months edition. Sunday Service “brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure.” Taking place the first Sunday of every month, the event is coordinated by a guest curator who is invited to pretty much blow our minds away with different manifestations of art. You won’t want to miss it. Simple RSVP HERE in order to attend this free event.

April 15th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo. “In conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, New York-based poets Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo present a reading of their poetry followed by a Q&A with the audience about the exhibition, its themes, and their respective practices.” If you haven’t paid PS1 a visit, this is the perfect opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Kaphar and Bett’s “Redaction” exhibit. Entrance to this reading is free with museum admission.

(NEW) April 16th @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Free Preview Screening of HULU original series: RAMY. The MOMI just announced this incredible opportunity to catch the first three episodes of RAMY, a new HULU original series set to air April 19th. “In his new Hulu original series, Egyptian-American comedian and actor Ramy Youssef stars as Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood.” To RSVP and for more information simply CLICK HERE. Also, CLICK HERE for the series trailer.

April 19th @ 8PM {The Knock Down Center}: Trap Karaoke. If you’re a pro at Karaoke and also have a few bars to spit, this is your event. You are so very welcome! Trap Karaoke “is about personal empowerment, cultural participation, cherished moments, community, and creating a safe space for human connection.” There are slots still open, so if you’re interested in participating GO FOR IT! For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 11AM {Queens County Farm Museum}: Barnyard Egg Hunt. As a kid I loved to egg hunt on Easter. It was particularly due to the AMAZING choice of candy I would find in the eggs (My family always had the good stuff. No peeps or jelly beans here!). Also, the Queens County Farm Museum has a petting zoo and pony rides on site at an extra cost. However, everything is CASH ONLY, so make sure you take a trip to the bank before heading over as there are no ATM’s on site. For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. It’s BACK!! Well, temporarily at least. The Queens International Night Market is back on April 20th and 27th for a sneak peak of what’s to come this season. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you can’t make it to these preview nights. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy. CATCH ME @ THE 4/20 PREVIEW NIGHT!

April 20th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Nina Kravis & James Murphy. “Knockdown Center welcomes back techno-queen Nina Kraviz and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy for a supercharged night of techno and dance music with support from Justin Cudmore.”For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 21st @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Jonathan González, Lucifer Landing I. “A contemplative space to consider what González terms ‘the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural‘.” For tickets and more information on this immersive performance CLICK HERE.

April 25th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Safiya Sinclair. Join these two award winning writers for an afternoon of poetry and conversation. This event is free with a valid museum admission. For more information CLICK HERE.

April 27th @ 12:30PM {Belmont Park Racetrack}: Spring Craft Beer Festival. Sample over 100 beers (and for the very first time a small selection of wines), while watching and betting on the live horse racing. You’ll be able to sample both local and national craft beers. This is a “pay-one-price ticket,” so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with the purchase of just one ticket. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

April 28th @ 6PM {The Knock Down Center}: Closing Reception for A Continuous Stream of Occurrence with Roarke Menzies. If you haven’t paid this exhibit a visit, this will be your last opportunity. A Continuous Stream of Occurrence is coming to an end and artist Roarke Menzies will be engaging Luba Drozd’s installation with his sound intervention. This event is completely free. For more information, check out my personal review of the exhibition by clicking HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

The Noguchi Museum: Akari Sculpture by Other Means; Akari Unfolded: A Collection by Ymer & Malta {Closing April 14th}

The Knock Down Center: A Continuous Stream Of Occurrence {Closing April 14th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

The Queens Museum: Alexandria Smith: Monuments to an Effigy; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas {April 7th to August 18th}

Mrs. Gallery: Caroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti {April 6th to June 1st}

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {April 6th to April 27th}

Queens Botanical Garden: Art In The Garden: In Full Bloom {March 29 to August 25}

If you missed the show last night, no worries because there are definitely more in the works. But… You messed up big time. I’m judging all of you (not really). But you did miss an incredible show with some amazing NYC talent. However, I was there to capture my good friend Legit Easy’s showcase and he showed out! Legit performed two of his newest singles last night, before releasing them on his SoundCloud today. The songs definitely had that East Coast flow New Yorkers usually gravitate toward. But then again, with the ease of his rap lyrics and his captivating energy, Legit had the crowd dancing, singing, and yeerr-ing (hollering -or- that NYC chant for a select few) all throughout the performance. The Paper Box is also in that small group of venues where artist can really interact with the crowd, and it makes for an all around amazing showcase of talent. Everyone was feeling the vibe and the music.

I want to leave you all with Legit Easy’s latest single. Don’t forget to follow him @LegitEasy on Instagram – & – follow his music on SoundCloud.

Spring Open House @ MOMA PS1

I’m honestly still in an art daze after experiencing the MOMA PS1 Spring Open House. This has to be one of my favorite shows to date. This feeling could also have been triggered by the Gina Beavers exhibit, “The Life I Deserve.” The three dimensional aspect of her work really takes her paintings to new levels. I took so many photos that I really had to think long and hard about the few that were best suited to share with you all. I have never seen anything quite like this before. But this was also the sentiment with a lot of the other work being exhibited. I stumbled upon a few short films by the “Karrabing Film Collective” (an indigenous media group from Australia who uses filmmaking and installations to bring awareness to the indigenous population). These films were both informative, and gave an in-depth look at the issues the indigenous people of Australia face regularly. As I moved along the hallways of PS1, my eyes were drawn to the colorful and bold paintings by artist Zheng Guogu. His works are a mixture of Chinese calligraphy, religious icons and traditional gardens. His techniques range from two-dimensional illusions formed by the application of multiple layers of paint or paint piping, to a transparent effect with his use of milder colors over the more bold choices in some of his paintings. It was hard to miss this vibrant room. This is definitely a must-see exhibit. However, Nancy Spero’s work gave me a sense of the dark and twisted with her “Paper Mirror” exhibit. There were a few photos of her work I chose not to publicize because they were a bit incendiary and controversial. AND TRUST ME WHEN I SAY I AM ALL FOR CONTROVERSY, but these were a bit much. I definitely suggest everyone take a trip over to her exhibition on the 3rd floor. I found some of her more “morbid” work really interesting and I decided to share a few pieces in MY GALLERY. Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts exhibition, “Redaction,” was extremely timely for the current political climate we find ourselves in. Redaction exhibits sketches of people currently incarcerated, along with poems inspired by their legal documents. There are redactions in the poems in order to mimic the redactions often found on these legal documents. Their work was both inspirational and profound on so many levels.

Don’t miss out on these incredible exhibitions. The Karrabing Film Collective, Elena Lopez Rivera and Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Bett’s exhibitions will be on display until the month of May. Nancy Spero and Zheng Guogu’s exhibitions will be available until June 23rd. Lastly, Simone Fattal, Gina Beavers and the Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds will have their work exhibited throughout September.

And remember! MOMA PS1 is free for all NYC residents.